S.Rajam’s (Music Appreciation notes)

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Good harvest

By Ragz

It’s been a good harvest of music so far.

The chill in the air sends one rushing to grab a steaming cup of filter coffee, hurriedly turning the pages of the newspaper.  The expert eyes catch the day’s  key happenings in a jiffy.  The Music Mela 2011 has started with a bang and it’s been a good harvest for me so far with a preliminary round of Neyveli Santhanagopalan (accompanied by Nagai Muralidharan on the violin and Dr Trichy Sankaran on the mridanga), Pappu Venugopala Rao with a sweet demo on Annamaiya’s great works, supported by the twins Aarthi and Archana, both students of R Vedavalli, Geetha Bennet with her lilting melodies on the veena, Prema Rengarajan rendering ancient numbers with ease, dance ballet and thematic presentations by artistes like Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, Chitra Visweswaran, and Anita Guha, and Sailaja from the UK with her fusion of bharatanatyam with kathak. 

The warming up for the Season has certainly been on a brisk note and as it appears now, it’s going to be yet another great harvest for the music lovers in Margazhi.  Lets keep our ears wide open.

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